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Student Spotlight! (December 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work! Check out all student spotlights here!

Our January spotlight is on:

Delaney Earp

I am Delaney. I am a freshman in high school and I am 14 years old. I enjoy art, playing the trumpet, and baking.

Medium: watercolor
Title: Swimming Turtle
Description: This is a watercolor painting of a turtle swimming in the ocean:

How long have you been taking art lessons?
“I have been taking art lessons since 2017.”

Why did you begin to take art lessons/how did you become interested in art? “I began taking art lessons because I wanted to become better at what I loved to do. I became interested in art when I was little and I have been drawing for a very long time.”

Medium: Acrylic 
Title: Blossoming rose
Description: This is an acrylic painting of a rose. I painted it on a small cardboard sign. The painting was then rubbed with dirt to make it look older.

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “I create my artwork based off what I see around me. When I see something outside that I love like a pretty scene, I want to paint it.”


What are your favorite mediums and/or subjects for your artwork? “One of my favorite mediums is watercolor because it is easy to work with. When ever I make mistakes using watercolor, they can be easily hidden. Watercolor is also very beautiful and it blends so well together.”

Medium: Marker
Title: A closer look
Description: This is a drawing of an orb looking shape on a checkerboard surface. The orb is magnifying the checkerboard.


Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “One other thing I’d like you to know is that I don’t plan on stopping art lessons anytime soon.”

What is your favorite thing about art? “My favorite thing about art is when I make it for other people. I love to see people’s reactions when I give them something I made.”


How long does it take you to complete your artwork? “It takes me about 2 days to complete my artwork. It really depends on what I am working on. For example, something like an acrylic piece takes me longer than a watercolor piece.”

Medium: Acrylic 
Title: Late night bike rides
Description: This is an acrylic painting except my canvas was a leaf. There is a man riding is bike with the sunset by his side. 

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become an artist or improve their skills? “One piece of advice I have for someone who wants to become an artist or improve their skills is that you need to have patience. You need to take your time when working on a piece. The longer it takes, the better it will come out in the end. If you rush to finish something, it’s not going to look as nice.”


Do you have a favorite color? “Yes, my favorite color is green.”


How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “My artwork has gotten better overtime because I always look for ways to improve my artwork. I always want to look to see what I can do differently to make sure I create something even better than before.”

Delaney takes her time and puts her best effort into her pieces of art. She’s always working to improve her skills and continues on a piece until she’s happy with it. Her persistence and outlook on learning from her own art are two things, without a doubt, that will help her continue to grow as an artist!

Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! (November 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our May spotlight is on:

Sonny St.Pierre

My name is Sonny St. Pierre and I am 15. I am going into 11th grade. I have been enthralled with all things paleontology and marine biology since I can remember. I love to write, and I am currently working on my second revision of my first novel. Art has been an outward form of expressing my inner self since I lost my first goldfish at 5 years old. When I’m not exploring Biology or writing, I enjoy bodysurfing, hunting and fossil collecting.

How long have you been taking art lessons and why did you begin taking art lessons or become interested in art? “I have been taking art lessons for 9-10 years. I love art and I’m glad my mom signed me up when I was so little.”

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “I am inspired by Biology and my imagination. I often use my imagination to tweak what would typically be found in nature into something new.”

What are your favorite mediums and/ or subjects for your artwork? “My favorite medium is pen or pencil. I love to draw dinosaurs and beasts.”

Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “I have a snowflake moray eel named Edgar. I enjoy keeping my saltwater tank and plan to get an octopus someday.”

When you’re making your art do like to listen to music or watch tv for inspiration (if so what)? “I enjoy listening to music when I draw. It helps me focus, but I can’t really say it’s for inspiration.”

What is your favorite color? “Blue- it’s been my favorite my whole life.”

How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “My drawing has improved as I practice it in my downtime. I keep a notebook and draw in it often.”

Do you plan to have a career in the arts? “I do. I am interested in architecture and graphic design.”

Is there a certain style, or type, of art that you’d like to someday try? “I’d like to try 3-D modeling and sculpting.”

“Dunkleosteus”, Charcoal

“Crypoclidus”, Charcoal

“Prehistoric Monster of the Cretaceous Deep”, Acrylic paint & resin

“This piece is my favorite I have ever made. I made it when I was much younger. It is an aquatic reptilian tetrapod of Phylum Chordata, Class Reptila, Order Squmata, Family Mosasauridea, Tribe Mosasaurini, and Genus Mosasaurus. In short, it was a prehistoric marine reptile. I entered it into an art show and won second. I brought it home and hung it in my room. Three years ago, we had a house fire and I feared this piece was ruined by the smoke. After a lot of care, treatment and fresh air, it hangs, once again in my room.”

Sonny is always creative in his artwork and brings a bit of science to his pieces! He has a lot of passion for the elements & subjects of his work – it’s inspiring! He’s not afraid to try new mediums, techniques, or add his own twist, making his work unique and one of a kind. Keep on creating and bringing those ideas to life!

Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! (October 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our October spotlight is on:

Matt St.Pierre

My name is Matthew St. Pierre and I am 13 years old. I am going into 8th grade. I enjoy playing fortnite, taking care of my backyard chickens, flying drones, and collecting coins. I also enjoy swimming in the ocean and on swim team, fencing and playing with my golden retriever, Molly.

How long have you been taking art lessons and why did you begin taking art lessons or become interested in art? “I started taking art lessons for school and enjoyed going with my brother and friends. I have been taking art lessons for about 8 years.”

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “I usually draw from things I have seen. My own experiences and memories inspire me.”

What are your favorite mediums and/ or subjects for your artwork? “My favorite medium is pencil, but I really don’t have a favorite subject. I just like to create whatever comes to mind.”

Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “I have a freshwater tank with a goldfish named Doofus. I am looking forward to adding a freshwater puffer fish who will be named Poofles.”

What is your favorite thing about art? “I like how pretty art is.”

Do you plan to have a career in the arts? “I don’t plan to have a career in the arts, but I know it will always be a hobby.”

How long does it take you to complete your artwork? “It typically takes me about 8 hours to complete a project from start to finish.”

What is your favorite color? “My favorite color is green. When I was a little kid, all I ever wanted for Christmas and by birthday was green things! Lime green has been my favorite shade for a while now.”

Besides visual arts are you into any other art forms? “I like music a lot. I like listening to music based on video games and movie scores. I’ve played violin for a long time and also enjoy classical music. I also kind of like some rap and country music.”

Godzilla, not Sponsored. Acrylic

“I painted this the same day that I watched Godzilla, King of the Monsters for this first time. I painted this on one of the canvases I got after completing a year of lessons “In the Art Room.”

Windmill Street, Acrylic on a leaf

I chose windmills because I think they are pretty. I saw fields of windmills like this on a cross country road trip and they came to mind when I was painting this. Painting on a leaf was somewhat challenging because I didn’t want to rip it.

Sunflower, Acrylic

I painted the sunflower like this because it reminded me of sunflowers we had in a field in our yard one year.

Matthew is always very creative in his work and brings his unique style to each piece he creates! He’s never afraid to try out new mediums or styles of art and has fun working on all his pieces – which shows through!! Keep on creating and having fun!

Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! (September 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our September spotlight is on:

Liam St.Pierre

My name is Liam St. Pierre and I will be 11 in September. I am homeschooled and am entering 6th grade. I live in the woods with my 2 golden retrievers, my sister’s cat, and our chickens and ducks. I love living in the woods, because there is just my family and me and we can go exploring. I enjoy swimming, fencing, art, playing video games, going to the beach and swimming in the ocean with my friends and eating tacos and burgers

Five Keys

Pastels

“I started taking art lessons with Miss Jenell about 6 years ago, because my big brothers were already taking lessons and I thought it was interesting. I remember one of my earliest art projects was making origami frogs that actually hopped! When I get an assignment, I use my imagination and a picture of what I want to make just pops into my mind! Then, I just start creating it.”

The “L” Bot

Acrylic

“This is probably one of the pieces I like the most. I like it because it looks like the robot is actually standing up.”

“My favorite mediums are colored pencils and pens, but I also like acrylic paint, and pastels. I have entered quite a few art shows with Miss Jenell’s help and it’s always fun to go and see my work on the wall! It usually takes about 8-10 hours to complete my projects.”

Sunset Leaf

Paints on an actual leaf

“This one was hard. I drew inspiration from magazine pictures and added the sunset and boat from my imagination. Painting on a dry leaf is very hard because it is so fragile.”

“I like a lot of forms of art, but I don’t really like abstract art because if I look at it, I always try to find something in the picture. I feel mad at myself if I can’t find something realistic!”

A Different Galaxy

Paper, paints, pastels, pencils

“It’s hard to see in the picture, but this piece is made of layers and layers of frames so that you can reach your hand into the middle of the galaxy. It’s a 3D final product that I really think is cool.”

“My favorite color is blue- green… kind of like a mix of aqua and teal… more blue then green…. I’ll call it telaqua! In addition to visual art, I also have been playing the piano for about 4-5 years.”

Liam is imaginative and positive with his artwork and creations! He is always able to take an idea or project and add his own creative and unique twist to it. Putting forth his best efforts into his artwork, while still having fun, he creates happy pieces of art for viewers to enjoy! Nice job Liam! 🙂

Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! (August 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our August spotlight is on:

Ella St. Pierre

My name is Ella St. Pierre. I am 8 and a half years old and I’m going into 4th grade. I like to paint on the easel in my room, talk to my friends, go to the beach, swim, and jump on my trampoline. I also like to play board games including chess and Connect 4 and I love to play with my cat. Besides, visual arts, I like to sing and dance… and sing while dancing! I also like culinary arts. When I grow up, I want to be a surf instructor and a YouTuber.



“Party of two”, Acrylic Paint

The robot was having a party at night and no one came. He got sad, but remembered that God was at the party. This is a reminder that you can have fun even by yourself. Sometimes I look at this photo and think about the fact your never alone but with God.

How long have you been taking art lessons?
“I have been taking lessons for 4 or 5 years. I started taking art lessons because my mom signed me up! But I am really glad she did. It’s really fun.”

Who or what inspires you to make your artwork?
“I look around and get inspired by things I see or things that pop into my head.”

“Meteor Shower”, Remnant of my old lipstick

What are your favorite mediums or subjects for your artwork? “Pencil…. not colored pencils, but pencils, are my favorite medium. I also like puffy paint and I like to draw or paint with unusual items, like old lipstick or makeup.”

Is there a certain style, or type, of art that you’d like to someday try?
“Someday, I’d like to try sculpting with clay or throwing pottery.”

“Night Sky’s”, Paint

What is your favorite color?
“My favorite color is pastel yellow and pastel green.”

Is there an aspect of art you don’t like and why?
“I don’t like pastels because my pastel projects end up messy. I also don’t like colored pencil because of its texture and the detail.”

“Ocean Waters”, Stamp-making

Why do you think art is important? – Why is it important for you?
“The arts are fun! They are fun to learn and when I mess up, I laugh at it.”

Ella is creative and imaginative in her artwork! I’m always excited to see what she comes up with next – whether it’s her unique use of mediums, or the originality of the scenes, characters and subjects she creates within her artwork! Keep up with all the awesome artwork Ella! 🙂

Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! (July 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our July spotlight is on:

Haley Clark

My name is Haley Clark, and I just recently turned 16 years old. I started home schooling in 7th grade, and I absolutely love every minute of it. This upcoming school year I will be going into the 11th grade. I’ve always loved the arts because I feel that I really can express myself through dance, music and my art work. I’ve been dancing since I was 3, and I can definitely say that dance is my passion. This year I was even given the opportunity to teach dance to younger kids at my dance studio. My goal is to become a Radio City Rockette. I even danced with them this past fall at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. I have been taking art with Ms. Jenell for the past 3 years working on various types of mediums including textiles, painting & pottery. Growing up, my dad was always amazing at art. I think somewhere along the road, I wanted to try my hand at it. Being able to express myself through bright and uplifting pieces of art just inspires me even more to create. Being able to express myself through my art is something that is very special to me.



Title: Tarzan and Jane 
Medium: Acrylic paint
Description: “I’ve always enjoyed animated movies and Tarzan is one of my favorites. I decided to use my love for art to paint one of my favorite scenes from the movie. I not only wanted to recreate the characters themselves, but the mystery of the setting behind them.”

What are your favorite subjects for your artwork? “I absolutely LOVE to paint Marvel movie characters and Disney characters and animals etc.”


When you’re making your art do you like to listen to music? “I always listen to music while painting! It really inspires me to be creative. My favorite group is Maroon 5.”

Title: The Antique Keys
Medium: Pastels
Description: “My goal for this piece was to make the keys look as antiqued as possible. I wanted to recreate an aged effect. Using pastels, I feel that I was able to achieve this visual effect.”


How long does it take you to complete your artwork? “The time it takes to complete a piece of art really depends on the piece itself. The painting I have been working on and completing at home usually take 2 to 3 hours.”


Do you enter your art in any shows or contests? “I have entered my art in several contests and/or shows with Ms. Jenell. Some of the shows have been in Chincoteague VA as well as at the Ward Museum in Salisbury.”

Title: Sunflower
Medium: Acrylic paint and textiles
Description: “Using wire and fabric, I was able to turn a normal acrylic painting of sunflowers into an eye catching 3D piece. To the best of my ability, I created a 3D sunflower that was as similar to my painted sunflowers as possible. My mom loves flowers, so I guess you can say she was my inspirations for this piece.”


Is there a certain type of art you would like to try in the future? “I would love to experiment more with various textiles.”

Haley’s upbeat and fun loving nature comes through in her artwork – bringing a sense of joy to the viewer! She has an openness in trying new mediums and techniques. This, along with her positivity & natural ability, cause her to be successful in artistic endeavors. She also has a unique knack for sharing and encouraging these abilities in others, creating inspiration as she follows her passions!

Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! (June 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our June spotlight is on:

Dorothy McCormick

Dorothy is 17 years old and is beginning her Senior Year of High school. Although she has been taking art lessons since she was 4, she started taking classes at In the Art Room at age 12. Dorothy enjoys creating works inspired by her life experiences however she has also created many works featuring wildlife. As someone who loves blending colors, her favorite mediums are colored pencils and watercolors. Dorothy spends anywhere from 2-15 hours on each piece. Since she devotes so much time to her projects, she has entered several art competitions and is a 7 time “Junior Duck Stamp 1st Place Category Winner” and 1 time state “Best in Show.” She has always been interested in the arts and is a classically trained vocalist and guitarist. Due to her love of singing and songwriting she hopes to pursue a career in Christian Music. Dorothy looks forward to continue taking lessons this coming year, as she believes art is one of thee greatest forms of self discovery and expression.

“I Am a Garden”

Work: I Am a Garden

Date: Completed October 2019

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Description: This piece was inspired by the importance of self-care. Just as gardens need to be gently cared for and cultivated, we need to care for and cultivate ourselves. With the right actions we will flourish.

Work: Cuteness Overload

Date: Completed October 2018

Medium: Acrylic on Chalkboard

Description: For a period in my life I had a strange fear of petting zoos. However, in the fall of 2018 I visited one and absolutely fell in love with some alpacas there. Ever since then, Alpacas have been a symbol of conquering fear for me; so I decided to paint this as a reminder.

“Cuteness Overload”
“A Soldier’s Footsteps”

Work: A Soldier’s Footsteps

Date: Completed February 2020

Medium: Graphite Pencil

Description: This year I entered the Young American Creative Patriot Art Contest. It features the story of my great-great uncle who fought in WWII, including: the battles he fought in, the medals he earned and his infantry’s standard.

Work: The Ugly Duckling’s Antithesis

Date: Completed March 2020

Medium: Ink and Watercolor

Description: Normally when painting waterfowl I pick a bird I consider beautiful. However for the Chincoteague Migratory Bird Art Contest, I wanted to do the opposite. So when I came across the “Horned Grebe” with its spikes, sharp beak, and seemingly red eye, I knew it was perfect. However, I soon found out that these unsightly birds are quite cute as ducklings, and realized: this is the opposite of the Ugly Duckling

“The Ugly Ducking’s Antithesis”

Dorothy’s dedication and determination in her art – whether it’s creating a piece for a contest or expressing herself, help her to continue to reach her artistic goals! Her natural talent and abilities are strengthened by her persistence. She has a passion for self-discovery that is sure to inspire others as she continues in her artistic journey!

Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! May 2020

Each month I will be spotlighting a student and their artistic endeavors! I work with students of all ages and abilities – you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work in this monthly series! This is our first of the series – however, you’ll be able to find future spotlights here!

Our May spotlight is on:

Sarah Milbow

My Name is Sarah Milbow, I will be 15 this upcoming June.  I am a homeschooler who lives in Tyaskin, MD and have been taking art with Ms. Jenell for about six years. Being homeschooled has allowed me to pursue my interest in life and in the arts. I love to dance, which I have been doing since age four. My favorite form being contemporary.  I have always enjoyed art and crafts of all types, but my favorites are sketching and painting.  My inspiration comes from my inner self which is so important when doing any form of art because it helps channel your feelings.

“Owl”
Completed in Oil

Do you enter your artwork in any shows or contests? “I have entered many art shows and contest, all of which have been with Ms. Jenell.”

When you’re making your art do like to listen to music or watch tv for inspiration (if so what)? “When I am creating art, I like to listen to music and if the weather is nice, sit outside.”

“Butterfly”
Completed in Sharpie

Is there a certain style, or type, of art that you’d like to someday try? “In the future I would like to work more with pottery and its different techniques.”

Do you have a favorite color? “My favorite color is purple.”

“Little Girl”
Completed in clay

How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “I play around with different methods of art to help me improve my artwork.”

Sarah puts forth her best effort into all of her artwork. She’s never afraid to try out new mediums and methods of art – which easily allows her to continue to broaden her talent and skill, while discovering where her passions lie and developing her own personal style! Her positivity and self motivation towards improving her artistic abilities is inspiring. I can’t wait to see where she takes all of her creative ventures!